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Secretary Napolitano Announces Stop.Think.Connect.™ Campaign Partnership with the YWCA

Release Date: 
October 12, 2011

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Stop.Think.Connect.™ campaign today announced a new partnership with the YWCA, which serves nearly 2.6 million women and girls across the country, to expand its effort to promote the importance of cybersecurity and online safety. The campaign will provide tools and resources to educate teens, young adults and parents about how youth can protect themselves from the risk of theft, fraud and abuse online.

“Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility, and everyone has a role to play,” said Secretary Napolitano. “Through partnerships with the YWCA and organizations and communities throughout the country, the Department is reaching audiences of all ages about the importance of building a safe and secure cyberspace.”

“The YWCA is pleased to join the Department of Homeland Security and its efforts to raise awareness of cybersecurity and online safety,” says Gloria Lau, YWCA USA CEO. “In communities all around the country, the YWCA is taking action to combat cyber bullying and cyber predators, key parts of the Stop.Think.Connect.™ Campaign. The YWCA looks forward to partnering with DHS in areas that impact so many of our young people and their families,” stated Lau.

Stop.Think.Connect.™ is a national public awareness effort to guide the nation to a higher level of Internet safety and security by educating and empowering the American public to be vigilant about practicing safe online habits. The campaign encourages Americans to view Internet safety and security as a shared responsibility at home, in the workplace, and in our communities.

The YWCA USA is one of the oldest and largest women's organizations in the nation with the mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. In the U.S., the YWCA serves over 2 million women, girls and their families. Globally, the YWCA USA is a member of the World YWCA, which has affiliates in 122 countries that serve 25 million women and girls worldwide.

This new partnership continues the Stop.Think.Connect.™ campaign’s ongoing outreach to the Nation’s youth and organizations that serve them. Recently, DHS announced partnerships with Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) America and Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

For more information on the Stop.Think.Connect.™ campaign, click here.

For more information on YWCA, click here.

About National Cyber Security Awareness Month

President Obama signed a proclamation designating October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) – an opportunity to engage public and private sector stakeholders, as well as the general public, to create a safe, secure, and resilient cyber environment. Since 2004, NCSAM has been formally recognized by Federal, state and local governments, as well as industry and academia. In 2010, governors from across the country joined President Obama in signing proclamations declaring October NCSAM.

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